2019-02-06 / For The Record

Local man charged in grain theft

HOLLI DEAL SAXON
Statesboro Herald reporter

Two men, including one from Burke County, face charges of felony theft by taking in Screven County after Georgia Bureau of Investigation special agents arrested them last week.

Billy J. "B.J." Sasser and Stephen H. Reddick were each released on bond from the Screven County Jail after their arrests for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars' worth of grain from a Screven County grain elevator, said John Durden, special agent-in-charge of the Statesboro Region 5 GBI office.

The Screven County Sheriff's Office requested GBI assistance in October to help investigate "a theft of approximately $500,000 worth of grain from a location within Screven County," he said.

Representatives of AGrow- Star LLC, based in Davisboro but with a buying point in Screven County, told GBI agents that "former employees and contractors were suspected of removing grain and selling it for personal gain," he said.

Reddick was a manager at the grain terminal, and Sasser was a hauler, he said.

On Jan. 28, GBI agents and sheriff's investigators arrested Reddick, 48, of Burke County, on charges of theft by taking for "stealing approximately $10,000 worth of farming supplies and equipment from AGrowStar."

The stolen property was recovered from Reddick's home during the execution of a search warrant. Reddick was later released on a $25,000 bond.

Sasser, 35, of Oak Hill Church Road in Millen, was arrested Thursday "for the crime of theft by taking … $34,000 worth of grain from the Sylvania AGrowStar," Durden said. Sasser was also released on a $25,000 bond.

The case is still under investigation and further charges and arrests may be possible, he said.

Details of how the thefts occurred were not released, but Durden said the alleged thefts were due to "lack of oversight."

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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